Stanford women's rowing was represented by one current rower and two incoming freshmen at the World Under-23 Championships in Linz, Austria this past weekend, with one of the newcomers, Ruth Narode, earning the gold medal with the U.S. eight.
Sophomore-to-be Filippa Karrfelt competed in the single sculls for the U.S., finishing sixth in the "B" final for an overall finish of 12th place.
Stanford's two incoming freshmen, Narode and Australia's Lilly Tinapple, competed in the eights championship final, with Narode's U.S. boat coming out on top and Tinapple and the Australians taking fourth.
The U.S. boat held a three-second advantage over the field at the 1,000-meter mark. Over the third 500, Great Britain began to summon a challenge but the U.S. answered, finishing with a time of 6:16.81 to claim gold over Great Britain (6:19.15) and Germany (6:21.61). The Australians held third position at the halfway mark of the race but faded from medal contention, finishing seven seconds behind the Germans.